Skinny laMinx designer, Heather Moore, recently released Up, Up & Away, her second fabric collection designed exclusively for US quilting company Cloud 9 Fabrics. Inspired by the infectious buzz of WDC 2014 creativity simmering in the city, Moore approached fashion designer Jessica Harwood of Take Care to transform her fabric range into summery casualwear.
2014 will be a year where Cape Town’s hard-working design community will come together to push and support one another during WDC2014 as they further elevate the already exceptional standard of work coming out of the city. The key theme at Skinny laMinx in 2014 will be Cross Pollination, as the brand looks to spend the year sparking off collaborations with local and international designers in surprising and enlivening ways.
Every day Moore walks along Kloof St, on her way to her store and studio in Bree Street, passing Jessica Harwood’s Take Care store along the way. “I love the clear, minimal styling of the Take Care store, and of Jess’s beautifully spare collections,“ says Moore. So when the sampling for Up, Up & Away arrived at Skinny laMinx, Moore was delighted when Harwood took her up on the offer to play with the fresh, lightweight organic fabrics, bringing some of her pared back fashion sensibility to the collection.
Harwood used two of the Skinny laMinx/Cloud 9 Fabrics designs to make up a summery shell top with a keyhole detail on the back and a pair of simple tapered pants with pockets and a draw cord waistband. The combination of the exultant prints with Harwood’s simple, clean lines resulted in playful casualwear with a light yet sophisticated edge.
The garments are not available for purchase, as the intention behind the collaboration was to inspire home sewists and aspiring fashion designers to create their own clothes using the Up, Up & Away collection. The range of prints is available in limited quantities from the Skinny laMinx shop at 201 Bree Street, Cape Town.